Is there a thing you do
that you feel annoys people?
Mine might be when I get caught for plagiarising.
It’s not like I don’t know how to write
an essay or develop an independent thought, which is probably
what bugs my profs the most. They’d love to trot me out
to their conferences, the model student, maybe wax a little
poetic about some school of thought that’s been out of vogue
for a few decades.
But it hurts my heart
to think about being a cog in the neo-liberal
North American university system.
So I cheat.
I cheat every chance I get because it feels better
to be subversive and get chastised, than get a medal
for being just another fuckboi.
My mom wonders how the hell I’m going to make a career
out of being such a shit-disturber. She tells me
that if I want to piss people off, I should stick
to my father’s tactics and shave my beard.
Maybe she’s right, but my chin
to take that kind of reality head on.